Thanks for your reply and my apologies for my delayed response. I thought I'd subscribed to get any responses on this thread but apparently had not.
Hi Bob, Thanks for the post as I'm sure a lot of people wonder why we don't have even a simple Bass and Treble control. The simple answer is that it costs more and takes your signal through two more pods or through a splitter for bypass. I guess that's the bad news for some. And good news for others.
As for eq's, I've seen hundreds set up over the past 30-35 years and very few were set up right. However, some speakers need EQ just to get to a flat response or flat response in the room they're in. But most people tend to EQ songs.
So onto the potentially good news and maybe a bit of advice. Most music management systems have their own internal eq that can be assigned to different songs. i.e. Where one song may require a little bass boost, but if you use this same boost on Bela Fleck "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo", you're likely to blow your wooofers... At best, if you EQ everything and you're dealing w/a good recording, you're just adding distortion.
So when you say you want "everything" coming out of the computer eq'ed, I can almost promise you don't.
For sure EQ/tone-controls aren't easy to do correctly!
I think I wasn't quite clear in my original post about wanting to EQ everything. What I mean is not that I'd do a "set once and forget it" for my system, but rather that I'd like to have the ability to separately EQ every piece of music as I choose. Normally I'd have the EQ turned off altogether but I have many recordings that need help - and of course the EQ they'd get would vary recording to recording. I'd be happy to use EQ built into the player software (iTunes, etc.) but everything I've come to know about them is that they do EQ very badly (I'd love to have info to the contrary if you've got it). Also, I'd be using the system for video playback (DVD, Blu-ray, etc.) and most video player software doesn't include EQ; some does but again, it's usually very poorly implemented and so destroys the sound. There are highend computer-based EQ solutions but to my knowledge none of these allow EQ of "all sources from the computer"; rather they are tied to specific apps - usually pro-audio recording apps.
Lastly, I still listen to a lot of analog records and many of those need help too. This is a bit tougher and would require either an analog control or ADC/DACs to modify tonal balance, but if the tone control or EQ was built into the Peachtree unit then all sources could benefit from high quality processing. In that light, I'd much prefer a very simply done but well done tone control to a fancy EQ that damaged the sound more.
Having listened to music and been an audiophile for many years - I keep being faced (regardless of system) to choose between good sound and good performances. Sometimes they align, but often they do not - with tonal balance being a common culprit. I (and most audio fans I know) want the capability to modify tonal balance as needed with the option to disable all tone controls. I'm aware that it's not easy to do - but I feel it is important and will help further distinguish your great products!
Thanks again for your thoughts and great work!